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Backing the bold who LEAP us forward.

We invest, support and commit to the long-term success of dynamic founders who boldly defy the status quo in Commerce, Fintech, and SaaS.

Our Approach

We are research-driven, high-conviction investors.

We leverage our domain expertise and network to share valuable insights and introductions. We roll up our sleeves to help our founders reach their vision.

  • Expert Focus

    We are sector specialists focusing on Commerce, Fintech, and SaaS. Our expertise and deep understanding of these industries help us identify secular growth opportunities and provide differentiated support to our founders.

  • Long-term Partners

    We partner with early-stage companies with the potential to transform our core industries. We understand this is a long-term commitment.

  • High-Conviction Investors

    We are unafraid to challenge convention. We back diverse founders, first-time founders, and founders from unconventional paths. Regardless of background, we lean in with conviction behind dynamic teams with the right mix of domain expertise, vision, and grit to defy the status quo.

Our team

We are a team of investors, operators and founders.

Our team combines deep domain expertise, unique insights and extensive networks in our target markets.

  • Roman Leal

    Managing Partner

    Before founding LEAP, Roman held various positions in financial services and fintech, including notable roles at PayPal and Goldman Sachs.

    At PayPal, Roman co-led initiatives in next-gen financial services, digital currencies, and peer-to-peer strategies. During his time at Goldman Sachs, he specialized in Financial Technology and provided strategic guidance to startups worldwide through the Emerging Technology Research and Payment Processing platforms, offering valuable market and product insights.

    Roman holds a joint degree in Economics and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a CFA Charterholder.

  • Roberto Aguayo

    General Partner

    Roberto specializes in SaaS e-commerce technologies for LEAP.

    With an entrepreneurial background, Roberto brings a hands-on approach to actively support our portfolio companies. He also leads the LEAP Family Office Network initiative internally. Additionally, Roberto has corporate experience and has held various roles at Caffenio, one of the largest coffee distributors/retailers in LATAM, where he currently serves as a board member.

    Roberto holds an MBA from the University of Texas.

    He is also a co-founder of Mint Machine Technologies (Exit) and serves as a Board Member at Caffenio, one of the largest family-owned coffee businesses in Latin America.